Many aspire for the advance of the Kingdom through using influence to spread the message. The Lord does not seem impressed. The high and lofty one who lives in eternity, the Holy One, says this: “I live in the high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble.” Isaiah 57v15 The Lord … Continue reading Influence?
I wonder if Isaiah 53 is a pointer to Jesus’ years as a young adult? My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. Isaiah 53v2 So, here is Jesus growing up in his Father’s presence and into spiritual truth though in a spiritually arid … Continue reading Jesus’ early years?
What does it look like to be spiritually free? “Long ago my people chose to live in Egypt. Now they are oppressed by Assyria. … But I will reveal my name to my people, and they will come to know its power.” Isaiah 52v4-6 The choices we make can leave us in emotional cul-de-sacs. Life … Continue reading Free?
Many hoping for relief are disappointed, Covid is resurging, society has shrunk, … “Listen to me, all who hope for deliverance … Isaiah 41v1 Everyone has situations needing rescue. Maybe a personal tragedy, maybe a global crisis … … think about Abraham, your ancestor, and Sarah, who gave birth to your nation. Abraham was only … Continue reading Where hope?
Franchise owners ensure that outlets maintain standards. The Lord is even more concerned with the use of his name. “Listen to me, O family of Jacob, you who are called by the name of Israel and born into the family of Judah. Listen, you who … call on the God of Israel. Isaiah 48v1 It is … Continue reading Integrity
With new challenges it is encouraging that the Lord has been preparing me for them. Praise the Lord, who is my rock. He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle. Psalm 144v1 We might not welcome the challenge ahead, but without it, the skills he has developed in us will … Continue reading Facing Challenges
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How do we interpret events? When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in their local dialect, “These men are gods in human form!” Acts 14:11-12 Core beliefs overrode reality. Paul had preached Christ, but since he did a miracle he must be a god. Paul and Barnabas ran out among the people, … Continue reading Reality Check
There are people who seem to spread a spiritual death wherever they go and whatever their intentions. These wicked people are born sinners; even from birth they have lied and gone their own way. They spit venom like deadly snakes; they are like cobras that refuse to listen, Psalm 58:3-4 These people are likened to … Continue reading Response to wickedness
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